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University of California, Irvine to Hold CME Approved Spine Surgery Symposium on June 3, 2011 in Orange County, California

The UC Irvine Dept of Orthopedic Surgery is proud to announce the 2011 UC Irvine Spine Symposium. The CME accredited symposium will include world reknowned faculty from UC Irvine, UCSF, UCLA, USC, and UCSD. Various spine topics will be discussed, ranging from the diagnosis of back and neck pain, diagnostic studies, pain management, and current and future surgical therapies.

Irvine, CA, April 16, 2011 --( The 2011 University of California, Irvine, Spine Symposium will be held on June 3, 2011 at the Beckman Center at UC Irvine. The symposium is open to all medical professionals and will include lectures and discussions about a variety of spine problems.

Topics will include:
Evaluation and non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders
• Clinical evaluation of the spine patient
• Diagnostic imaging
• Pain management
Current surgical treatments
• Cervical decompression and fusion
• Lumbar decompression and fusion
• Adult deformity
• Disc Replacement
• Spinal Tumors: Diagnosis and Treatment
• Minimally invasive spine surgery
Recent and future therapeutics
• Robotics and computer navigation
• “Biologic” interventions, including stem cells and disc regeneration

Speakers will include faculty from UC Irvine, UCSF, UCLA, UCSD, and USC, amongst others. These faculty are world famous for their work in spinal problems and disorders. The speakers will include Dr. Nitin Bhatia, Chief of Spinal Surgery at UC Irvine, and an international expert in cervical spinal surgery, minimally invasive lumbar surgery, and cutting edge technologies including stem cell therapies.

Hands on demonstrations about techniques and new technologies may also be available for participants.

The event is approved for 6 CME credits. Further information about the symposium can be found by calling the UC Irvine Department of Orthopedic Surgery at 714-456-5512.

Dr. Bhatia has been featured as a treating surgeon in the television show "Guardian Angels, MD," seen nationwide on The Learning Channel as well as programs on PBS. He has expertise in all areas of spinal pathology including spinal stenosis, disc herniations, spine trauma, scoliosis, complex cervical and lumbar reconstruction, and failed back syndrome. Dr. Bhatia has completed multiple spine surgery fellowships and has trained in both orthopedic and neurosurgical techniques.

Patients should discuss their options with Dr. Bhatia to determine the extent of their spinal problems and whether surgery is a viable option for their treatment. Please call 714-456-7012 or visit for more information.

Dr. Bhatia, a Board Certified and Fellowship Trained spinal surgeon, serves as Director of the Spine Center and Chief of the Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery service at the University of California, Irvine.

For all patients, a multi-disciplinary non-surgical approach is used. This approach allows the majority of patients to improve without surgical intervention. When surgery is necessary, Dr. Bhatia's extensive training in state of the art techniques including minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic discectomy, percutaneous fusions, X-Stop lumbar stenosis treatment, XLIF, Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), and kyphoplasty help to cure his patients' problems with minimal recovery time and less discomfort than other methods.

The UC Irvine Spine Center provides care for Orange County and the surrounding communities including Irvine, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Laguna Nigel, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Fullerton, Westminster, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Anaheim, Brea, Mission Viejo, Temecula, Fallbrook, Hemet, Los Angeles, and Riverside. Patients from outside these communities are welcome at the UCI Spine Center as well.

Contact Information
Irvine Spine Center
Nitin Bhatia, M.D.
(714) 456-7012

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